Teachers at the Front, 1914–1919 (Hardback)
August 1914. Flags waved, people cheered and armies mobilized. Millions of citizens throughout Britain responded to the call-to-arms. War fever was contagious. In the far reaches of the British Empire, too, ‘determined colonials’ pledged their allegiance and prepared to serve their King. Amongst the patriots who joined the colours were thousands of schoolmasters and trainee teachers. In London, students and alumni from the London Day Training College left their classrooms and ‘took the King's shilling’. In the Dominions, hundreds of their professional counterparts in Perth, Auckland and Toronto similarly reported to the military training grounds, donned khaki uniforms and then embarked for the ‘old county' in its hour of need. Teachers at the Front, 1914-1919 tells the story of these teacher-soldiers. It recalls the decisions made by men who were united by their training, occupation and imperial connections, but were divided by social and geographical contexts, personal beliefs and considered actions. It follows them as they landed on the beaches of Gallipoli, attacked across no man's land in Flanders, on the Somme and at Passchendaele, and finally broke through the Hindenburg Line and secured victory. Many did not survive the carnage of what became known as the Great War. For those who did - wartime officers and men who had been proud to call themselves Tommies, Anzacs, Enzeds and Canucks - returning home presented further challenges and adjustments. This is a book based upon extensive research and an eclectic body of source material. Detailed and powerful narratives of individual lives combine to illuminate the confluence of grand strategies and personal circumstances in times of war.
Teachers at the Front tells the story of teachers that fought in the Great War (now known as World War I) all throughout the Commonwealth. It was an interesting part of history that is just now getting full recognition. It was interesting to learn about the evolution of teacher-training before and after the war for both men and women. It told what happened to these teachers before and during the War, and if they survived, after the War. I enjoyed learning about a part of history in which I am unfamiliar with. This book would be perfect for history buffs, especially those that have interest in the World Wars.NetGalley, Leslie Hartman
Article: ‘West Norfolk author looks at teachers in wartime’ as featured byLynn News, 12th February 2021
The Great War was the first ‘Total War’; a war in which human and material resources were pitched into a life-and-death struggle on a colossal scale. British citizens fought on both the battle fronts and on the Home Front, on the killing fields of France and Flanders as well as in the industrial workshops of 'Blighty'. Men, women and children all played their part in an unprecedented mobilisation of a nation at war. Unlike much of the traditional literature on the Great War, with its understandable fascination with the terrible experiences of Tommy in the trenches, Roll of Honour shifts our…By Dr Barry Blades
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